Events and Programs

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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 Program Schedule for 2018

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

**** Seedling Sale  
Oder deadline-Wednesday April 4th 
Pick up date- Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located in the upper parking lot behind the Large Pavilion.  The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.

****River Otters – with Thomas Serfass Phd.
Due to impending bad weather, the program will be held on the snow date Feb. 14th.
Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse (snowdate Feb. 14)  

There have been several recent reports of possible River Otter sightings near Sweet Arrow Lake where there is a ready supply of fish, the semiaquatic Otter’s favorite food.  This program will focus on Otters as a rallying point for aquatic conservation and will include case examples from Pennsylvania, Yellowstone National Park, and Tanzania.  Tom Serfass is a professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Biology and Natural Resources at Frostburg State University.  He has worked with river otter conservation for over 25 years, having conceived and supervised the Pennsylvania River Otter Reintroduction Project.  Tom also coordinated research for the New York Otter Project and served as a consultant for the reintroduction of river otters in New Mexico.  Most recently Tom has been conducting research with spotted-necked otters at Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania and river otters in Yellowstone National Park.  Tom is the North American Coordinator for the IUCN Otter Specialist Group.   A large portion of his research and conservation activities have focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs and recovering wildlife populations.  For info or directions call 570-345-8952    

****Tree-Mendous Winter Tree Id Trek 
Sunday, February 18th at 2:00 PM.  Meet at the large Pavilion near the Clubhouse.  Be sure to dress for the weather.
Sharpen your natural detective skills by trekking the trails of Sweet Arrow Lake to search for the true personalities of a variety of deciduous trees.  Retired forester and arborist Frank Snyder leads you on a field walk, now that the leaves are down, to learn how to identify deciduous trees using twigs, buds, buds scars, bark, tree form and other features.  
Grab your hat and mitts and get out there and enjoy the winter with us!  This program is free and open to the public.

****Break the Ice Country Dance

Friday February 23rd from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse.
Country Dance DJ music by Barryation
Admission: $10, includes refreshments
Benefits Diakon Community Services & Schuylkill Haven Dive Rescue & Recovery Team

****Cabin Fever Hike 
Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Shake off those winter blahs by enjoying a crisp walk outdoors with “Porcupine Pat.”   This walk will invigorate you as we check for winter weeds, winter birds, and enjoy winter scenery.  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot.  

*** PA Basic Boating Course 
Sunday, March 18th 11:30am – 7:30pm at the Clubhouse (1/2 hour lunch break – lunch is not provided) 

Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are sponsoring a Basic Boating Education Course at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park on March 18th, 2017 from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm.

A Pennsylvania Boating Safety Education Certificate is required for all Pennsylvania residents born on or after January 1, 1982, to operate any boat greater than 25 horsepower and all operators of Personal Watercraft (commonly called jet skis).  The course is scheduled for eight hours with a ½ hour lunch break (lunch is not provided).  The course includes all necessary materials.  Successful completion of the examination at the end of the course will result in the issuance of a temporary boating safety education certificate and enable the student to apply for a permanent boating safety education certificate.

Pre-registration is required.  For pre-registration please contact Drew Kline at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park at 570-527-2505.

****Indians of the Plains- Blackfoot, Crow, and Sioux
Tuesday, March 20th from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse. 
This program slide program will present the culture and environment of Indians living in Montana and South Dakota. Cultural items of the people will be presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy. 

****Forest Etiquette 
Sunday, March 25th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Meet at the large Pavilion near the Clubhouse.  Be sure to dress for the weather.
Do you have good manners in the forest?  Learn Forest Etiquette
Learn how to conduct yourself in the forest to enjoy your experiences of the outdoors with other forest users such as people, bears, and ticks. Frank Snyder, retired forester and arborist, will share his years of wood-wise knowledge during a short walk in the forest.   Become more comfortable during your outings knowing how to react if you face a bear, must make a warning fire in the rain, or how to protect yourself from ticks? Other topics will be presented to increase your outdoor skills.   
All participants are welcome, especially youth, scouts and the experienced wood-wise folks.  This program is free and open to the public.   

****Community Sunrise Service at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
6:30 AM Easter Sunday Morning, April 1st, 2017 at the point amphitheater in front of the Clubhouse.
Easter Devotional, Live Music.  Everyone is Welcome
A breakfast will be served at no charge following the service.  
The Pastor of the Pine Grove Wesleyan Church will lead the service. This event is free and open to the public.  Call 570-345-8422 for additional information.

****Family Fun Fishing Event
Sunday April 22rd 2018
Check-in begins at 6:30am April 22 at clubhouse area or at the PA Fish and Boat Access Area pavilion. If you pre-registered, no need to check-in till you need your food voucher.  Registration may close early at Boat Access but will remain open at clubhouse till 1:15pm.  Breakfast (6am) and Lunch available at clubhouse benefit Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association.  Disk Golf, Trails, Playground
First 150 kids age 3-12 to register will receive $10 minimum value gift.  
All family members may fish but all persons 16 years old and older must have a PA Fishing License.
Prizes for tagged fish redeemable at A&A Bait Shop till day before event but you must be registered by April 22, 2018 to be eligible.  Bait shop is closed over winter so call to schedule an appointment.
All Tag prizes that are not redeemed by day before 2018 event will be drawn from list of previous year’s registrants at 1pm at 2019 kickoff event.
*NEW  200 Lunkers, average 20 inches and 2000 - 12 inch average Trout will be stocked.  Lunkers and tagged fish stocked at 8am April 22.  Many will be float stocked throughout lake. 
 * NEW  There will be 46 non-tag specific fish worth $100 each stocked.
Stream below falls will also be stocked.
Life jackets a must till May 1 for smaller craft as per PA Fish and Boat Law
Boaters please avoid fishing the cove April 22.
Lunch ends at 1:30pm.  All food vouchers must be redeemed from 6am to 1:30pm.

**** Photo-Safari at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Tuesday, May 15th at 6:00 PM
Join Bob Evanchalk as he leads you to some of the best areas in the park for photos.  Later, review the images and the group will choose the best.  This is a great way to improve your technique and gain pointers from fellow shutterbugs. Bring your digital camera, download cable, and an empty card.  Preregistration is requested.  Call 570-391-6400 to register.  Number of participants may be limited.  Rain or shine. This program is free and open to the public.  Suitable for teens and adults.

****Memorial Day Concert 
May 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
The full ensemble of the M&J Jazz Band will be performing for the first time at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Large Pavilion. Seating will be in the yard in front of the pavilion so please bring a blanket or lawn chair. 

**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking 
May 28th starting at 2:00 PM.  Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking?  This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control.  Preregistration is required.  Number of participants will be limited.  Suitable for teens and adults.  Call 570-345-8952 to register.  This program is free.

****Canoe and Kayak  Rental Concession
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $40.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one.  PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Other times and days may be available by appointment. For boat rental information call 570-345-8952 during the week (leave a message) On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. Call 570-345-8952 for information for groups.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals.  $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned. 

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Memorial Day (May 28th) and July 4th   Some things in life are free.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license.  It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing.  Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

****King Frog Visits the Pond
Wednesday, June 20th, 2-3pm at the Waterfall Parking Lot Pavilion
This program for children has hand held wooden frogs to demonstrate the variety of frogs in wet areas and the giant frog that visits. Stories of crows, turtles, and coyotes will also be told. 
This program is presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy and is free and open to the public.

****Easy Does It Yoga
Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  at the Waterfall Road Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove.   
Standing Mountain, The Tree, and other fun standing postures will be shared by “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District who has been practicing yoga for over 40 years!  Participants will be shown gentle practices that you can take home to help become a happier and healthier you!  All yoga postures will be in standing position only so no mats are needed.  Beginners welcome!  Handouts will be available.  

Fee: $5.00 per person.  
For more information or to register contact Diakon at 570-624-3018

***Wildlife Day Camp 

***Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  
***Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Wednesday, July 4th.  Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek 
Saturday, July 7 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek.  Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more!  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot.  Recommended for ages 6+.  All equipment is provided.

**** Sweet Arrow Splash  
Saturday, July 21st from 9:30am – 12:30pm, meets at Waterfall Parking Lot
Join Mike Centeleghe for a walk around the lake at our first county park and end up at the Waterfall Pavilion area to catch and observe some aquatic critters. This program is free and open to all ages.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot

****How Indians Used Trees, Rocks, and Beads to Talk
Saturday, July 21st from 2-3pm, at the Waterfall Parking Lot Pavilion
Children will make a Petroglyph Rock to take home. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl McSurdy”. 

**** Full Moon Clambake and Night Float 
July 28th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse.   .  Enjoy a clambake and afterward, take a guided moonlight walk in the Park, and then canoe/kayak under the moon.  Bring your own if you have it.  Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights.   6:00 – 7:00PM Clambake , 7:15 PM – Blue moon walk,  9:00 PM - Kayaking and canoeing.  A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis.  For boat rentals call Denise at 570-345-8952  
Pre-registration is required.  To preregister call Susan at 570-624-3018.

****Fall Bird Walk   
Saturday, September 22,  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
 Wednesday, October 10 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.   Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake.  Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District.  The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature.  Recommended for children ages 3-6.

****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  “Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  All ages welcome!

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